On Wednesday 15 February the Government of Norway launched the first white paper on global health in foreign and development policy outlining Norway’s ambitions in this field. The white paper also examines the links between domestic policy and foreign policy. “Efforts to strengthen global health must be promoted not only by health ministers, but also by all those responsible for foreign, climate, environmental, development and finance policy,” Foreign Minister, Mr. Støre said in his introduction.
Norway allocates nearly NOK 3 billion a year to global health initiatives over the aid budget. The white paper indicates where Norwegian efforts can make a particular difference.
The Foreign Minister also launched a Norwegian lead research project to identify the benefits for economic development from investing in women’s health. Dr.Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and DG of WHO and Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, General Secretary of World YMCA, have so far joined the project’s reference group.
The white paper was presented jointly by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jonas Gahr Støre, Minister of Environment and Development, Mr. Erik Solheim and Minister of Health and Care Services, Ms. Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen. Also the Director General of WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan and other global health actors took part in the launch. See the full programme for the launch event and read the ministers interventions and the summary of the white paper.
Programme for February 15th
Introduction by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jonas Gahr Støre
Statement by Minister of Health and Care Services, Ms. Anne-Grethe Strøm-Erichsen
Statement by Minister of Environment and Development, Mr. Erik Solheim
White paper summary